According to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Students for Life, a thief stole a sign from their Cemetery of the Innocents display on Thursday, April 11th.
The group wrote on Facebook,
“Yesterday, we had a Cemetery of the Innocent display at SIUE to show how many innocent lives are lost in just one year to abortion (926,000 in 2014, the most recent data from the Guttmacher Institute). Unfortunately, our sign was taken just before we were going to pick up the display. While it was disappointing to see the animosity some have for the pro-life cause, there were many positive points from the day.”
“We had discussions with students about abortion in a compassionate and understanding manner, and many students saw the the display while our sign was still up. We also collected signatures in support of smart paid family leave proposals in Congress. Thank you to everyone that came out to help with the display; even though it can be hard on days like yesterday, we are lucky to have the chance to stand for those who can’t stand for themselves.”
Sarah Minnich, the Illinois Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, criticized the thief while praising the courage of SIUE Students for Life. Minnich noted, “Even though a pro-choice vandal tried to ruin their display, SIUE Students for Life had a successful and powerful display. It is unfortunate that whomever this vandal was did not want to engage in productive conversation with pro-life students. Instead, he or she decided to take out their anger at pro-lifers by trying to ruin their display.”
This is not the first time that the SIUE-Students for Life group has faced hostility on campus. In April 2018, the group had two vandalizations in a row. On April 2nd, 2018, the group wrote on its Facebook page, “Unfortunately someone painted over our Cemetery of the Innocent sign earlier this afternoon. While we didn’t see who did it, within an hour we were able to put a temporary sign over the paint. We all need to stand up for the 926,000 who can’t stand up for themselves. And we must remember to have compassion for the person that did this; they need to hear our message of loving and supporting the unborn, born children, and their parents more than most.”
Only a few days later, the group again wrote, “We finished off our Pro-Life Week today showing videos and asking students when human rights begin. Unfortunately, multiple locations where we chalked messages were rubbed away, but we were still able to reach many students today. This week hopefully helped bring us a little closer to having a society that cares and values everyone, including unborn babies.”
Students for Life of America has been tracking vandalism against pro-life students going back to 2012. You can view the map here.
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